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April 2010

CLASSES and CONFERENCES

Information on LAR and related classes, as well as speaking engagements/conferences, and requests for classes. For a complete list of classes, visit www.saveyourhorse.com/wholearn.htm

NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS: Please submit your new classes at the end of each month to be included in the next month's newsletter. ALSO: You are welcome to send in your class lists and I will send out a notice to each student inviting them to subscribe to the newsletter. Thank you.

REQUESTS

CLASSES

Ongoing classes North Strabane Fire Dept, Canonsburg, PA (Just south of Pittsburg) LAR Awareness for First Responders and Save Your Horse! A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners. Those that attend the seminar will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the purpose of reimbursements or to forward on to your equine insurance carrier. Call 724-745-1010, ext. 333, or email ed.childers@nstfd.org

May 1 Intro to LAR for Horse Owners, Michelle Staples, Clinton, ON Canada. For further information about this course, and REACH Huron in general, please visit www.reachhuron.ca or call 519 482 3998. Michelle will be speaking on disaster preparedness for horse owners in Clinton after the LAR class http://www.reachhuron.ca/reachcourses.cfm

May 4 Equine Rescue Certification Course by Jennifer Woods at Kemptville College near Ottawa, ON Canada. 8 hr. hands on class. Register by Apr. 28th please. Contact Stephany St. Louis, Caledon Equine Hospital 905-838-0038 or email admin@caledonequine.com

June 11-13 TAR1 (Technical Animal Rescue) Chris Jonason Index, WA www.wavetrekrescue.com or call Chris @ 360-793-1508

June 14-16 TAR2 Chris Jonason Index, WA www.wavetrekrescue.com or call Chris @ 360-793-1508

June 25-27 TAR (Technical Animal Rescue) Northern Virginia Kim Little http://www.rescuetechinternational.com/

July 9-11 Swiftwater/Flood Rescue with animal component, co-sponsored with Code3, Longmont, Colorado Kim Little http://www.rescuetechinternational.com/

late August or September TAR and LAR Redmond/Bend, Oregon Kim Little http://www.rescuetechinternational.com/

Deb and John Fox want you to know that their classes are listed on their website www.largeanimalrescue.com

STORIES AND NEWS

Rebecca Gimenez will be in Australia in November at Equitania! www.equitana.com.au

Janet Liebsch who, along with husband Bill, wrote Its a Disaster, has a piece at http://www.americanpreppersnetwork.com/2010/03/nuke-your-city.html about preparing for a terrorist strike. Their book on preparing for disasters can be found at www.itsadisaster.net Text of the article is also at http://www.itsadisaster.net/look_inside_book Unsavory topic, but important.

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This month's "Large Animals in the News"

SUCCESSFUL RESCUES

http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/news/2010/horse-rescued-12-03-10.php Did they really pull this horse by his head?
http://www.abc15.com/content/news/westvalley/buckeye/story/Owner-of-stranded-horse-talks-about-emotional/mw1_g90SjU2n9dC2P1RDPQ.cspx Horse rescued from river in AZ after being stranded for 5 days; one horse died from the flood
http://www.kionrightnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=12160384 a story of the Foxes' involvement in this event
http://www.equinechronicle.com/breaking-news/the-backstory-of-the-helicoptered-horse.html another story, same incident
http://www.timesonline.com/bct_news/news_details/article/1373/2010/april/04/farm-rescue-team-already-paying-dividends.html TLAER Students in Pittsburgh, PA - CPT Pearsall
http://www.patriotledger.com/news/state_news/x673427959/Donated-equipment-helped-rescue-pony-now-recovering-from-pool-plunge Rebecca's "Best Rescue of the Month"
http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO137944/ Pony rescued out of pool
http://www.calgaryherald.com/Alberta+firefighters+rescue+trapped+horse/2775210/story.html One success; one horse died in muskeg

UNSUCCESSFUL RESCUES

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome/Horse-put-down-after-disaster.6202384.jp

TRAINING STORIES

http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/notices/3-31-10/large-animal-rescue-intro-reach.html

ACCIDENT and MISCELLANEOUS STORIES

YUK! from Lexington, KY. Tyler Brockman, 22, pleaded no contest Friday in Dawson County District Court to one count of felony cruelty to an animal resulting in injury or death. The Kearney man has been found guilty of felony animal cruelty after police say he dragged a horse behind his trailer last summer.

EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES

Matt Steele of The Gear Shop of Lee & Associates Rescue Equipment, Inc. has developed horse owner's and stable owner's "Go Bags" and will have them available soon on their website. This project has been developed in conjunction with Large Animal Rescue Company. Go to the www.gearshop.com website for more info. Thanks, Matt. And thanks, LARC for your input into this project.

NEW LINKS

ReHorse Rescue Ranch 2 minute "how to help a neglected horse video" on Bay Area Equestrian Network http://www.bayequest.com/2minvideo/

Video of a train that was overrun by a tornado. Trains mount cameras in their cabs, facing forward and backward, the same way police cars do. This video is from a rearward-facing camera. First there is the normal rearward view from the last of three engines, with the trees looking normal. Then you begin to see rain, and then, halfway through the video the trees begin to sway violently. http://tinyurl.com/yjs5ll8 Watch this video before you take your trailer out in high wind!!!!

You can pre-order the Temple Grandin video at http://store.hbo.com/detail.php?p=257628

LESSONS LEARNED

INNOVATIONS

You all remember Molly. Molly is a pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana . She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull and almost died. Well, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope.Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.

OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE(and other miscellaneous stuff)

Alannah Raven is the teenaged daughter of Eddy Weiss - Director of Chasing4Life (a nonprofit at www.chasing4life.org). Alannah is on the C4L team and per their site ... In 2010, Alannah Raven became the International Spokesperson for The International Fund For Horses and is working diligently at raising support for the organization as well as campaigning to raise awareness regarding issues regarding the cruelty to and the slaughter of horses worldwide. Alannah's work is receiving international attention and she has been actively partnering with other organizations in these efforts. http://www.horsefund.org and Alannah's new website, "The Next Generation" is at http://www.alannahraven.com Please show your support for her efforts. As she says, she's the next generation.

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Buggs the horse artist http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/87733497.html

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SPOTLIGHT ON A LEADER

This month we are featuring Sara Deen

Louisiana SART Emergency Planner for Equine. Very applicable to other animals and I am sure other states and counties could use it. The following was written by Sara Deen. Sara is also a TLAER grad.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf South in 2005. Louisiana residents are used to hurricanes, and this may have left some residents desensitized to the potential destruction one can bring. The hurricanes of 2005 would lead to the largest scale equine rescue and recovery operation in U.S. history, with approximately 500 horses being rescued and cared for by the LSU-EHSP Louisiana State Animal Response Team.

After reviewing the damage to the equine industry, Aleta Overby, an assistant professor in the Department of Agriculture Sciences at Louisiana Tech University, put together a class to help prevent such a need for rescue by helping make horse owners more educated and prepared for such events. Sara Deen, a student, became the project leader and set up teams for research. The class’ findings would lead to the creation of the Equine Emergency Planner. “It was a lot of work to organize the teams and get this booklet put together. Some people may pass it by as overly cautious, but failing to plan is planning to fail,” said Sara Deen.

The Equine Emergency Planner includes many tools to help horse owners prepare and plan for emergencies such as hurricanes. The planner also includes specific information on evacuating to the North Louisiana Region, including contact information for veterinary offices, feed stores, and potential boarding facilities. With the help of the Louisiana Tech Equestrian Club, grants were received to have the planner published for public distribution. If you would like to receive a copy of the planner, or have any questions or comments, please send an email to techequine@hotmail.com.


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